Being social can be a challenge, with IBS. But, you should get out once in a while. And with all of the BBQs this summer, you don’t want to miss out! So, how do you manage? Here are a few tips:
- Eat, first. You don’t know what you’ll be able to eat. If you know there will be foods you can have, obviously this isn’t necessary. But, if you aren’t sure, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Or perhaps you might want to consider having some snacks, just in case. If all else fails, bring a dish you can have. When has anyone ever complained about having too much food? Maybe you’ll be someone’s saving grace, too! Having another dish at a BBQ will add variety. And anyone who knows about your condition will understand.
- Don’t overdo it. Know your limits. If you can’t stand for too long, make sure you find a chair or have a folding one in your car. If you can’t sit in the sun too long, make sure that you hydrate and pay attention to what your body is telling you. Once you start to get tired, your body is depleting of energy. This isn’t something you should push. Ignoring such signs can cause a flare, maybe even put you in the hospital.
- Drink. Alcohol might not be a good idea. Either way, water will be. If you are going to have tea and like it sweet, make sure that you are paying attention to the sugar you take in.
- Have a chat with the host. Let them know about your condition and ask about the location of the restroom you should use. If they have multiple, perhaps they will let you use one more secluded. Regardless, you’ll want to know where to head; if you need to in a hurry.
- Have an emergency bag. I had done a post about emergency bags and I always have one. The highlights in this case would be your medications, a change of clothes and anything you might need for a flare (I always have vomit bags, gloves, etc.).
Just remember to try to have fun. That’s the whole reason you’re going and you can’t let your condition ruin it. After all, you’re there and you should make it worth it! Remember that stress and anxiety can sometimes make things worse! Besides, you deserve to have a good time! You go through enough. 🙂